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Old 08-09-2016, 08:30 PM   #1
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Airstream Argosy Dash A/C

I'm a new owner of a Cummins Diesel powered '75 20' Argosy. Dash A/C was repaired prior to picking it up in West Virginia. Thank goodness, or we wouldn't have survived the 1300 mile drive back to Texas. Obviously the dash A/C was never intended to cool even the 20 foot Argosy. I was wondering if any of you out there have installed a curtain of any kind to partially seal off the cab area from the rest of the unit? Curtain would at least have a clear plastic portion in the center if I wanted to continue to use the dash-mounted rear view mirror.
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Old 08-10-2016, 01:48 PM   #2
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mirobbi, welcome to Airforums!

I have a 74 20' Argosy, one of the very first ones made, and it has an aluminum track behind the cockpit seats that runs along the seam between the plastic end cap and the rest of the aluminum shell. The track is similar to the track that the front and rear curtains hang from.

I haven't had my Argosy on the road yet but I fully intend to hang some sort of clear plastic curtain from the track for the very reason you mentioned. I'll try and post a picture of the track tonight or tomorrow so you can get a better idea of how it was done.

By the way, you should start a discussion thread in the Argosy motorhome section and include pictures of your Argosy.

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Old 08-11-2016, 12:46 PM   #3
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Brad,

Would appreciate a photo of the track. It's 102 F today and the A/C doesn't hack it. Generator needs a new circuit board so I don't have the roof mounted A/C as a backup while on the road.

I will start a thread. At some point in its life the Argosy was looked after - early 2000 according to records. New front windshields, roof A/C, toilet, 16" aluminum rims, 2800 watt Onan, satellite TV. Not to mention the Cummins Diesel and Allison transmission with overdrive. Most recent owner let things go, but the basics are good. Thanks again for the assistance.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:51 AM   #4
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Here's a few pictures of the curtain track in my 74 Argosy.

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What I don't have is any of the gliders to hang a curtain on. I'm hoping the same sliders used on the front and rear curtains will work with this track.

One thing of note, my track only goes to about the drivers right shoulder. My Argosy originally had the bathroom right behind the drivers seat so the track ended at the bathroom wall. I'm hoping to fabricate a whole new track that goes from side to side.

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Old 08-18-2016, 02:20 AM   #5
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Dean has something similar on his Classic.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...ml#post1507473

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Leave it to Dean to come up with a sensible solution!
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:23 PM   #7
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I've been talking with Brad about a plastic curtain to help contain the cold dash a/c air. He sent me a picture that appears to show you already solved the problem. what did you use and how does it work?

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Mike,

Dean is sort of offline right now. He's only posted a time or two in the last 4 to 6 months, maybe longer. Here's a quote from where he posted the picture of his clear curtain installation.

Yes! Someone on the forum had mentioned that they do this...thanks to that person! This really did help out. I bought a $5 clear shower curtain and some Velcro. I didn't want to do anything permanent nor spend a lot of money before I tried this out. The Velcro tape didn't stick well, but it was good enough for the trip to Nevada and back. I will try to figure something out to be able to do this again.

I'm not sure if he ever came up with something different to hold the shower curtain in place. If or when he does I'm sure it will be something simple but efficient.

You could try sending him a PM to see if he's done anything different.

Oh yeah one other thing. Martin is the one who re-posted Dean's picture with the shower curtain!

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Got it. I'm still trying to figure out how the threads work and if I'm posting to the thread or responding to a particular perso.

My Onan 2800 is dead. I'm told it has bad rotor and stator. Found a low time replacement is very good condition for $250. Owner wanted to get rid of nice 3-way Norcold 442 refrigerator and threw it in for $100. It's slightly taller than current 2-way Dometic, but might work. Any experience with the Norcold?
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$250 isn't a bad price for a low hour replacement, sure beats the heck out of buying new.

We started out with an 83 Winnebago that had a fairly new Norcold fridge in it and after buying an 84 310 we liked the Norcold so much I swapped fridges between the Winnebago and the 310. We felt the Norcold frkdge was a lot better than the Dometic that was in the 310.
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Brad, Is your offer of your old "central control panel" still open? I'd like to see if I can hook it up as the existing wire harness is still in place. Would still have to reconnect the sending units at the various tanks. If practical, you can call me at 512-228-0584 to talk payment and shipping. Thanks, Mike
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Brad, Is your offer of your old "central control panel" still open? I'd like to see if I can hook it up as the existing wire harness is still in place. Would still have to reconnect the sending units at the various tanks. If practical, you can call me at 512-228-0584 to talk payment and shipping. Thanks, Mike
Mike,

Here's what mine looks like. Can you take a couple of pictures of the compartment where the dash panel sits? I'm assuming the stove vent handle is in that same area as is the stove vent.

Let's talk after we make sure your compartment is set up properly.

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My cabinets have been removed and are being replaced with new ones. Should be installed in two weeks. They looked very much like yours. There was the same angled piece of plywood with the vent lever to the right.
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Univolt question

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I'm making lots of progress on my Argosy. Recently had the Univolt replaced with a solid state version and I'm trying to figure out what wires serve what purpose.

The old Univolt was plugged into the outlet right behind it. From the other side of the outlet there was (and still is) a plug with wires that appear to go towards the engine. What is the purpose of this wire? Is this the battery recharge circuit?

Regarding the master control panel, I think I'm going with an updated system from Garnet ( Seelevel 309). The old wires from the panel to the tank are not totally in tact and replacing them doesn't make sense. We are not trying to restore it to original condition. I'll send you photos of the updated interior.

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